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School of Respiratory Therapy

Respiratory Care is an exciting and in-demand healthcare career. Through a partnership with Nebraska Methodist College, you can earn an Associate of Science Degree in Respiratory Care on the Mary Lanning Healthcare campus.

Students enrolled in or who have completed the prerequistie college coursework may apply to the Respiratory Care Program at Nebraska Methodist College (NMC). NMC has a nationally accredited program of study for advanced respiratory care practitioners. Upon completion of the Associate Degree, graduates are eligible to take national board examinations leading to the credential of Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT).

This one year accelerated program begins in May and finishes in 12 months. Students attend classes in Hastings via video-conferencing, and gain most of their professional experience at the bedside at Mary Lanning Healthcare. After just three semesters, you are eligible to join the growing profession of Respiratory Care.

Program Admission Criteria

Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for application. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • High school record 
  • College record
  • Math and science courses 
  • Shadowing a professional in a respiratory care department (highly encouraged)
  • Fulfillment of program technical standards

Program Application Process

The following items must be submitted to the Admissions Office:

  • NMC Undergraduate Application with $25 application fee 
  • Written personal statement
  • Official high school transcript
  • If appropriate, official GED test scores
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Personal interview

Program Prerequisites

Required coursework must be complete with a grade of C- or above at a regionally accredited institution.

  • English Composition (3)
  • Anatomy & Physiology with lab (8)
  • Microbiology (3)
  • General Chemistry with lab (3)
  • General Physics (3)
  • Life-Span Psychology or Human Growth & Development (3)
  • Medical Terminology (1)
  • College Algebra (3)
  • Cultural Sociology (3)
  • Humanities (3) (choose 3 credits from History, 3 credits from Arts or 3 credits from Anthropology, Ecology, Philosophy or Religion)

Program Curriculum

Summer Semester

CM 230/245 Language & Culture in Healthcare 3
HU 150 The World of Ideas: Critical Reasoning & Rhetoric 3
RC 125 Clinical Assessment & Procedures 1
RC 200 Intro to RC Clinical Practice I 4
RC 210 Cardiopulmonary Physiology 3


Fall Semester

RC 220 Respiratory Care Clinical Practice II 6
RC 240 Principles of Respiratory Care 4
RC 240L Lab 0
RC 260 Mechanical Ventilation I 3
RC 206 Pathophysiology/Pharmacology 4
RC 350 Pulmonary Rehab. & Home Care 1


Spring Semester

RC 300 Respiratory Care Clinical Practice III 6
RC 310 Mechanical Ventilation II 4
RC 330 Cardiopulmonary Diagnostics & Monitoring 3
RC 330L Lab 0
RC 340 Neonatal/Pediatric Respiratory Care 2
RC 360 Issues & Trends in Respiratory Care 1
CN 290 Portfolio Synthesis 0





Program Accreditation

The Respiratory Care program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC). Inquires regarding accreditation may be directed to:

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
1248 Harwood Rd
Bedford, TX 76021

For more information, contact:

Melissa Siedlik